Great coverage by one of the supporting local news agencies – and your first sneak peek into the new Welcome Center & Gift Shop! It will be up and running for Jungle Bells!
The animal education park received the award for Excellence in Marketing in the Private Sector.
Largely through the marketing of the pregnancy of its giraffe April, and subsequent birth of her calf Tajiri, Animal Adventure saw its attendance this year go up by 300 percent with a anticipated final tally of 200 thousand visitors.
"It's very rewarding to see Animal Adventure and its concept take off. As a business person, it;s even more rewarding to see the residual impact it's having on our community. And without question, the hotels, the restaurants, the gas stations have noted a significant change in business during our months of operation," said Patch.
Patch says he saw on average license plates from 12 different states in the parking lot each day this year.
And the park welcomed international visitors from Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia.
Judi Hess, the Director of Visit Binghamton, nominated Animal Adventure for the award.
She estimates that the park had at least a million dollar economic impact on our area.
"He's drawn people from all over the world. So, people all over the world know where Harpursville and Binghamton, New York are, where they didn't before. So, you can't put a dollar tag on that, but it's vital. It's vital for this community," said Hess.
Animal Adventure partnered with the DoubleTree Hotel in Binghamton to offer special overnight packages to out-of-town guests.
Those deals also generated a $2,500 donation to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation by the hotel.
That's on top of the $30,000 the park donated.
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Supporters reacted to Animal Adventure Park Wins Tourism Award Today
Donna W. Garner So glad the local news finally got on board to recognize the success of the park.. Congratulations Jordan on your dream coming true and including us in it !! Prayers for many many years of continued success..
Sue Large Congratulations it couldn’t have gone to a better park the anticipation of April’s pregnancy and birth of tajiri and Oliver brought many to the live cam and then lots of people who watched and then came to visit .All of the hard work by all of the staff plus you’re family Jordan showed
Maryann Day OH I want to come there so bad. I am praying in the spring. You guys are awesome. God Bless you and may more Great things come your way. You certainly have worked hard enough on this. Thank you for continuing to share with us
Annette Taylor Animal Adventure Park Wins Tourism Award Today Congratulations. You have worked very hard to get where you are today. You deserve all the awards you have. Watching April and Oliver on the computer was so exciting to myself and my grand children. Just loved it.. Praying we can one day venture to your park and see it all in person. Thank you and your staff for all you do.
Lindsay Schellenberg Congrats!!!! Jordan and Animal Adventure Park crew!! I visited in July and it was truly a great thing to see what you have built! The educational factor you have built into what you do is a huge impact into people’s lives! Keep up the great work!!!
Michelle Shields Well done! Thank you for taking the risk and opening up your park virtually to the world! I have learned more about giraffes and conservation efforts this year then I have in the past 10. I have not made it out to the east coast yet, but when I do your park is on my bucket list before NYC!
Deb Vanblargan An innocent educational live cam created an experience so many of us continue to live each day. I thank you, we now educate and entertain our friends and family. This will support the Park, Jordan, Staff and Giraffe and animal conservation for years to come. I’m happy to do my small part by my Membership, visits,purchases and spreading awareness. If we each do so …. this live cam sparked a never ending gift! See you with more family at Jungle Bells! Thank you Jordan!
Teresa Johnson Congratulations and Thank You AAP, you welcomed the world with open arms. To watch something and learn something most people had not seen or known. Your dream, heart, hard work and love has brought you such success. You deserve this award and so much more. Thank you again. I will always be watching as long as you let us.
Kim Thomas Bessette Congratulations on your well deserved success. All dreams can come true with hard work, determination and positivity. You possess all these fine qualities and more. May you, your family and park crew family continue to grow and flourish. Gods blessings beyond measure. Thank you for all you do for others, young, old, 2 legged, 4 legged, your heart is always in the right place. Thank you
Barbara Lucido Congratulations, you have worked very hard on your dream for your park, your staff of people are very knowledgeable and very helpful, Animal adventure has become a very popular place for families to come to visit and to learn about different animals and in such a short time you have achieved so much…..you are very deserving of this award, congratulations again, god bless you and your family Your staff……. keep up the great work you do
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